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Why the Cold War Began: How the US and USSR went from Allies to Enemies

This one-day course will explore the events after World War II that put the United States and the Soviet Union on the path to cold war.
Jacob Grandstaff
11 total reviews for this teacher
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Class Experience

Students will improve their understanding of the US-USSR alliance during World War II that defeated Nazi Germany. 

They will learn about the conferences at Yalta and Potsdam and US dissatisfaction with the treatment of Eastern European governments by the occupying Soviet Union. 

They will learn about the effect that Winston Churchill's "Iron Curtain" speech had on American public opinion about the USSR.

They will learn about President Harry Truman's foreign policy, including the atomic bomb, the Truman Doctrine, US aid to Greece and Turkey, the Marshall Plan, and the Berlin Airlift.
I took a Cold War course in graduate school. I wanted to offer this because US history surveys often only have time to describe what happened rather than why it happened. This will hopefully better explain to students how we went from fighting a common enemy with the Soviet Union to mutually-assured-destruction in a short period of time.
No homework will be assigned with this class.
55 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.


Jacob GrandstaffUS History and Civics
11 total reviews
14 completed classes

About Me


I'm Jacob. I strive to teach history in a way that inspires and entertains students while developing their research, writing, and critical thinking skills.

My courses center on US history and civics, but I will occasionally include courses... 
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